Lance Stephenson signing with Lakers

Lance Stephenson signing with Lakers

Lance Stephenson signing with Lakers

The Cavs are now faced with a roster that has more than $102 million in guaranteed contracts, and little chance to contend. Most players are signing for the veteran's minimum at that point in their career.

There appear to be five teams seriously chasing LeBron in free agency. Players with 7-9 years of experience, can earn a max salary of $30.3 million. The Cavaliers made the finals four consecutive times after James returned before the 2014-15 season. James is unquestionably one of the league's very best players (well, unquestionably unless you're Skip Bayless), and his shift in teams and conferences matters to pretty much every National Basketball Association fan. If you love sports, know digital sales, and can throw your weight behind an aggressive commission based opportunity than we would love to talk to you. Paul George reportedly agreed to re-sign with Oklahoma City, and the San Antonio Spurs reportedly asked the Sixers for three first-round picks and two current players in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

Even the Los Angeles Rams extended their welcome to James. But the All-Star forward opted to stick with the Thunder and will sign a four-year deal when teams are permitted to finalize contracts on June 6.

Other than posting to his Instagram account, James did not issue a public statement after he was traded to the Lakers. The Lakers have a back-up option of saving their money, and using their cap space next summer. Boston likely would have been favored to win the East anyway in 2018-19 since Danny Ainge's team will be adding the two stars who were injured when the shorthanded Celtics were stymied in seven games by LeBron's Cavs in the East Finals.

Because it is Los Angeles, several celebrities weighed in on James' decision to join the Lakers.

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News of the decision breaking was a bit of a startling one.

In the end, James believed it was the right situation for him.

Either way, the upcoming National Basketball Association season is shaping up to be a remarkably compelling one.

This is the second time James has departed from Cleveland.

The Klutch tweet had ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski beat by three minutes because, well, it was the original source. But if the Lakers become a legitimate threat to sign Cousins, it'll be interesting to see if the Pelicans are pressured to offer him a longer-term deal.

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